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Pastor Lukus Counterman

Pastor Lukus Counterman

Role: Lead for Preaching and Vision

God has uniquely gifted Lukus to articulate and proclaim God's word in our ministry context. Most recently, he pastored Wichita Falls Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. Having completed his doctoral work in expository preaching from Dallas Theological Seminary, he brings fourteen years of preaching, teaching, and pastoral ministry experience with him to Salt Lake City. While providing leadership through preaching, teaching, and ministerial team development, he also serves as an industrial chaplain at Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah. Lukus has been a reserve chaplain in the U.S. Air Force for almost six years.

Standalone Messages
Sun, Apr 14, 2019
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42 mins 36 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Palm Sunday is a time when we remember Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey beginning what is known as Passion Week. As they laid palm branches on the road, the crowds were shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.” The gospel of Matthew tells us that all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Zechariah five centuries earlier when he wrote, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zech 9:9). In that significant and symbolic event, Jesus was identified as King. But the question remained, would the people kiss the Son or kill the Son? This morning as we reflect on the kingship of Christ, may we embrace his reign, submit to his sovereignty, and find refuge in him.
Identity in Christ
Sun, Apr 07, 2019
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50 mins 19 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In many of Paul’s epistles, he breaks the letter down into two parts – the first, focuses on doctrine, and the second, focuses on practice. He seems to indicate that knowing should lead to doing. In the context of Ephesians, the revealed mystery of the church should have practical ramifications for our lives. If God is uniting Jews and Gentiles under Christ and forming a new entity called the church, then how are we supposed walk or conduct ourselves? That is the driving question Paul is addressing in Ephesians 4:1-16. Paul explains that the limbs of the body need to be united in the work of the ministry, the supporting ligaments of Bible teachers need to train believers to serve and use their gifts, and the head of the body, Christ directs us all through his word. And as this takes place believers live out their identity and grow in maturity. May the Lord help us to pursue unity in the church.
Identity in Christ
Sun, Mar 24, 2019
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48 mins 8 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Although arrested on Jewish charges and shackled by Roman authorities, Paul had a different perspective on his imprisonment. He was a prisoner because of Christ Jesus for the sake of the Gentiles. His special mission was to preach the gospel and make known the mystery of God’s plan, the church. The mystery was something that in ages past was hidden in God, and was unable to be unraveled or understood by human ingenuity or study. But now, through the work of Christ, the grace of God that brings salvation appeared to all men, not just one nation. Both Jews and Gentiles could have Christ in them, the hope of glory. The mystery was not that Gentiles could be saved, but rather that they could be united with Jews in one new body, the church. Paul served as a minister of Christ to make the church known and thereby display God’s manifold wisdom. May the wisdom of God in the church fill our hearts with encouragement and praise together.
Identity in Christ
Sun, Mar 17, 2019
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49 mins 41 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Racial tension is not a recent phenomenon in human history. In fact, the first century had difficulty navigating the mutual animosity between Jews and Gentiles. Centuries of hostility had created such a gulf between the two people groups that peaceful coexistence between them seemed like a stretch and loving unity seemed impossible. But that’s where Christ comes in. The reconciling work of Jesus brings people to God and it brings people together such that a kingdom, a family, and a living temple are formed out of people from every tribe and nation for His glory. The church is God’s new creation displaying the miraculous way the cross kills hostility and brings unity. So may the Lord make us one in Christ and cause our hearts to well up with thanksgiving for the way he sets people at peace.
Identity in Christ
Sun, Mar 10, 2019
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51 mins 18 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Have you ever seen before and after pictures? Maybe with a home remodel, dental work, a new hairstyle, or some diet – the contrast is somewhat shocking and the change is evident. As we look into the second chapter of Ephesians, it is difficult to conger up a set of sharper contrasts than those Paul puts forth in Ephesians 2:1-10. He shows the before and after of our spiritual lives – from death to life, from the sentence of God’s wrath to an experience of overflowing love, from a life ruled by various forces of evil to a life sustained by the grace of God. Paul wants believers to understand their new identity in Christ and how the gracious application of resurrection power makes all the difference.
Identity in Christ
Sun, Feb 24, 2019
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49 mins
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - When it came to missionary endeavors, Paul was strategic, persistent, and prayerful. He had target locations and intentional objectives in his ministry of the gospel. The apostle focused on cities - epicenters of culture and influence. His pattern indicates that when the gospel takes root in places of commerce, education, and politics, it eventually spreads to the surrounding areas. Cities are not the only places for missionary work, but they are strategic places. Roland Allan, a missiologist and author of Missionary Methods, suggests that “All the cities or towns in which Paul planted churches were centers of Roman administration, Greek civilization, Jewish influence, or some commercial importance." That was true of Athens, Rome, Corinth, and Ephesus. And as we consider city ministry today, may God help us understand how to reach our context and see the Word increase and prevail mightily in urban populations to the praise of his glory.
Identity in Christ
Sun, Feb 17, 2019
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39 mins 56 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual blessings to believers, marking them as belonging to God and assuring them of their future with him. That is what we discover in Ephesians 1:11-14, the final segment in Paul’s overflowing Trinitarian praise. He has exalted the Father as the planner and initiator of redemption. He has praised the Son as the central figure and securer of redemption. And now, Paul highlights the Holy Spirit as the agent who bestows the blessings of redemption and seals believers to final day of redemption. May all our praise be directed to God for his glorious grace in salvation.
Identity in Christ
Sun, Feb 10, 2019
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50 mins 45 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Ephesians 1 is a run-on sentence of overflowing trinitarian praise. The Father is praised for his electing work in salvation. The Son is praised for his redeeming work in salvation, and the Spirit is praised for his sealing work in salvation. Paul is in awe and wonder at the glorious grace of God. He is captivated and confounded as he considers the spiritual blessings of the past, present and future. In Ephesians 1:7-10, the focus of the text is on the glorious work of the Son. He has redeemed enslaved sinners. He has forgiven all our transgressions. And he is uniting all things in heaven and on earth to the praise of his glory. May the Lord give us the emotional response of praise in response to the abundant outpouring of his grace.
Identity in Christ
Sun, Feb 03, 2019
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59 mins 52 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The work of the Father in the salvation of sinners should bring us to points of praise. Though human vocabulary is inadequate in its expression of God’s immeasurable and infinite work, Paul identifies three things that we should thank God for – election, predestination, and spiritual blessing. The tone of the opening chapter of Ephesians is one of adoration, thanksgiving, and praise for God’s glorious grace. May our hearts be consumed with the praise because sinners who deserve only wrath become objects of God’s love. Soli Deo Gloria
Resolved Praise
Sun, Nov 18, 2018
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49 mins 25 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - There are no easy answers to be found in Habakkuk. He treats issues that are profound and complex, requiring serious prayer, thoughtful reflection, and persistent faith. The outer world with its evil conduct and wicked affairs remained the same; Habakkuk’s circumstances didn’t change. But the prophet turned to praise the Lord because he had heard God’s voice. He knew the ultimate outcome of history and was determined to rejoice in the saving power and strength of God. In the end God may not change your circumstances, but he can change you to meet the circumstances. Even in the face of relentless pain, you can be resolved to praise God.